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12:10 PM ET, December 6, 2010

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Abraham Murray / The Official Google Blog:
Discover more than 3 million Google eBooks from your choice of booksellers and devices  —  Today is the first page in a new chapter of our mission to improve access to the cultural and educational treasures we know as books.  Google eBooks will be available in the U.S. from a new Google eBookstore.
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Google's New Bookstore Cracks Open the E-book Market  —  Google today launched its long-awaited electronic book store, called simply Google eBooks, with more than 3 million titles and 4,000 publishers participating as partners, including most of the major industry names.
Andy Rubin / The Official Google Blog:
Introducing Nexus S with Gingerbread  —  The very first Android phone hit the market in November 2008.  Just over two years later, Android's vision of openness has spurred the development of more than 100 different Android devices.  Today, more than 200,000 Android devices are activated daily worldwide.
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Android Developers Blog:
Android 2.3 Platform and Updated SDK Tools  —  Today we're announcing a new version of the Android platform — Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).  It includes many new platform technologies and APIs to help developers create great apps.  Some of the highlights include:
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Review: Google Nexus S  —  For the last few days we've been using the Google Nexus S, manufactured by Samsung, with the new Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” operating system.  This is a phone that was designed with direct input from the Google Android team.
Josh Wiseman / Facebook Blog:
Introducing the New Profile  —  Today I'm excited to introduce you to some improvements we've made to the Facebook profile, so now it's even easier for you to tell your story and learn about your friends.  —  A New Introduction  —  The profile begins with a quick overview of basic information …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Facebook launches new profiles: Possible threat to LinkedIn?
Discussion: Notebooks.com and SelectStart
Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:
With New Profile Design, Facebook Launches List Sharing (Like Twitter's, but Better)
Discussion: BoomTown and The Next Web, Thanks:jesse
Nadia Damouni / Reuters:
AOL plots breakup, then merger with Yahoo: sources  —  (Reuters) - AOL Inc, undergoing a radical transformation into the king of content on the Internet, is actively exploring a breakup of the company involving a complicated series of transactions that may lead to a merger with Yahoo Inc, sources close to the plans said.
Kirk Hiner / Appletell:
Appletell exclusive: Mac App Store to open December 13th?  —  An inside source has just told us that Apple is targeting a Monday, December 13th launch of the Mac App Store.  The company apparently told developers to have their software prepared for a launch as early as Monday the 6th of this month …
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Groupon Aims to Emulate Facebook, Not Yahoo, After Walking Away From Deal  —  Groupon Inc., which rejected a Google Inc. takeover last week, is betting it can keep increasing its valuation after walking away from a deep-pocketed suitor, something Facebook Inc. pulled off and Yahoo! Inc. failed to do.
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Paul Smalera / Fortune:
Google's Groupon groping reveals the shifting power in the web world
Discussion: Bloomberg and Search Engine Watch
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Mark Zuckerberg Rocked On 60 Minutes (And The Winklevosses Looked, Well, Pathetic)  —  Mark Zuckerberg just appeared on 60 Minutes.  He talks about Facebook's redesign, watching himself in the Social Network, and the Winklevoss twins.  We've embedded the video below.
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Mike Isaac / Social Medium:
Mark Zuckerberg's 60 Minutes Interview: Best Piece of Facebook PR Yet
Discussion: SelectStart, Thanks:mj_isaac
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Norman Foster to design Apple's new campus called ‘Apple City’  —  El Economista reports (English)that renowned British architect Norman Foster is hard at work designing Apple's new campus in Cupertino.  The 100 acre campus was picked up from HP last month for a measly $300M.
Werner Vogels / All Things Distributed:
Expanding the Cloud with DNS - Introducing Amazon Route 53  —  I am very excited that today we have launched Amazon Route 53, a high-performance and highly-available Domain Name System (DNS) service.  DNS is one of the fundamental building blocks of internet applications and was high …
Jack Loftus / Gizmodo:
Rare Transparent Mac SE Can't Sell for $25,000  —  Originally meant for internal company use only and made with a transparent shell so Apple designers could see component placement inside a finished product, this super rare Mac SE could have been yours for a startling $25,000.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google, Bing & Searching For The New Wikileaks Website  —  Looking for the Wikileaks website?  Having lost one domain, and having its second site going down temporarily, it's a challenge, even for the search engines.  —  Where's Wikileaks?  —  Yesterday, I wrote about how Google …
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Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Wikileaks Now Running on Over 300 Domains
Discussion: ZDNet, Network World and Examiner
New York Times:
In Online Privacy Plan, the Opt-Out Question Looms  —  The Federal Trade Commission's proposed privacy mechanism could cause a major shift in the online advertising industry, as companies that have relied on consumers' browsing history try to make up for what could be billions in lost revenue.
Discussion: Rough Type
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
W3C's Le Hegaret: Developer “Sentiment” is Building Around Google's WebM Video Codec  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass — With its acquisition of ON2 and its video codec VP8, Google is seeking to establish a unified, industry-wide codec for publishers to create HTML5 video.  —  Google's effort is called the WebM Project.
Fred / A VC:
Where Should Mobile Developers Focus?  —  I sent out this tweet yesterday:  —  I got a bunch of replies suggesting that Apple will remain the market share leader when measured in dollars and I really wasn't focused on that.  I don't own Apple stock or Google stock.
 
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Verizon may pay Apple to keep iPhone away from T-Mobile, Sprint
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Leaked U.S. embassy cables suggest China uses access to Microsoft …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 Blog, Thanks:tomwarren
David Sarno / Los Angeles Times:
BlackBerry vs. iPhone: What's in your pocket?
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CrowdFlower taps the power of the crowd to get more accurate …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
U.S. chip manufacturing in the age of the iPad
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Renai LeMay / ZDNet Australia:
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Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Mac App Store: Soon But Controversial
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Cyber Spending Hits $16.8 Billion for the Holidays (So Far)
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Magna: Global Online Ad Spend Will Overtake Newspapers By 2013
Discussion: MediaPost and Rev2.org
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Measuring the Nomads
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